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About Capacity Building Institutes

The purpose of capacity building institutes is to build the capacity of stakeholders to create opportunities for youth with disabilities so that they can achieve successful futures.

These Institutes "piggy-back" on major national and regional meetings and conferences of the Center's key audiences. NCSET partners play a central role in conducting these Institutes.

The common components of each capacity-building Institute include:

  • Youth and Parent Involvement: Youth with disabilities and parents assist in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of each capacity-building institute.
  • Institute Design: Institute participants identify desired outcomes for their participation; facilitators are provided to support small groups in plenary or discussion sessions; and content experts and consultants are used to support key issues and themes being addressed at the institutes.
  • Networking: Institute participants network and learn from one another.
  • Follow-up: NCSET staff provide follow-up with participants to discuss progress made in relation to identified goals developed during the institutes.

The institutes adopt a "train-the-trainer" approach and develop materials for multiple types of users including technical assistance providers, dissemination centers, Regional Resource Centers, state and local agencies, and others.

NCSET provides online discussion papers and questions for participants to review prior to the Institute to enhance their participation.

National Leadership Summits

Thumbnail image of the Summit 2005 Web pageNational Leadership Summit on Improving Results: Policy and Practice Implications for Secondary and Postsecondary Education, Transition, and Workforce Development for Youth with Disabilities
June 14-15, 2005
Washington, DC

In order to continue the national conversation which occurred at the National Leadership Summit in 2003, NCSET in partnership with federal agencies and national organizations co-hosted a second National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth in Washington, D.C. in June 14-15, 2005. This event convened state-level teams of policymakers to examine the progress made in the implementation of the strategic action plans developed at the 2003 Summit, and further built state capacity to improve high school experiences that lead to successful postschool outcomes for all youth.

Thumbnail image of Summit Web pageNational Leadership Summit on Improving Results: Policy and Practice Implications for Secondary and Postsecondary Education and Employment for Youth with Disabilities
September 18-19, 2003
Washington, D.C.

In response to the need to improve secondary education and postschool outcomes for youth with disabilities, NCSET hosted its first National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth. More than 250 state agency leaders, policymakers, and professionals representing general education, special education, career and technical education, workforce development, vocational rehabilitation, and other agencies participated. Parents and youth with disabilities also participated on several of the state teams. Teams representing 42 States and other entities, including the Pacific Rim territories, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Bureau of Indian Affairs, attended. The purpose of the two-day event was to build state capacity to develop more results-driven state systems so that youth with disabilities achieve more desirable postschool outcomes. The Summit format was built around the work of state teams rather than individuals which allowed states to harness and channel the collective expertise of a diverse team of stakeholders within each state.


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